Memoirs of Madness

Book should be factual account of the SUBJECTIVE EXPERIENCE of mental illness. Some fictionalization OK, also outline of treatment, apparatus, etc. Include also memoirs from the standpoint of doctors, therapists, caregivers, and so on.
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message 1: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell 'Speak' is really not about mental illness. 'My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey' is about, you know, a stroke. 'Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent Into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland' appears twice.


message 2: by Bri (new)

Bri Fidelity I'm totally using this thing as a reading list.

Which might make me a terrible person.


message 3: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Bri wrote: "I'm totally using this thing as a reading list.
Which might make me a terrible person."


PRO TIP: if someone comes along and throws Dianetics up here, YOU DO NOT WANT TO READ IT.


message 4: by Rosella (new)

Rosella The yellow wallpaper, while a great book about madness -- especially for exploring society's role in creating madness and specific feminist madness issues -- is not a memoir. It's true that Gilman experienced a similar "cure" while dealing with Post-Partum Depression and I'm sure this experience influenced the story. However, a few key details are different, including the consolidation of the doctor and the husband into one character and that the character , unlike the author never feels empowered enough to take her treatment into her own hands.


message 5: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities by Flora Rheta Schreiber is not a memoir - it's been outed as a hoax, and is actually fiction!


message 6: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Fiona wrote: "Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities by Flora Rheta Schreiber is not a memoir - it's been outed as a hoax, and is actually fiction!"

Fiona wrote: "Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities by Flora Rheta Schreiber is not a memoir - it's been outed as a hoax, and is actually fiction!"

Really !! I had no idea. Maybe we should have a separate list to include that and A Million Little Pieces.


message 7: by Fiona (last edited Feb 20, 2014 11:16AM) (new)

Fiona LOL!!

Actually, I'll add 'SAID to be fake' for Sybil - so far I've found multiple articles such as this one http://www.npr.org/2011/10/20/1415144... around the web but nothing I can take for absolute certain truth - the sources aren't all that superb, and the people aren't here to tell their side of it any longer.


message 8: by Rosella (new)

Rosella Fiona wrote: "LOL!!

Actually, I'll add 'SAID to be fake' for Sybil - so far I've found multiple articles such as this one http://www.npr.org/2011/10/20/1415144......"


There was a book,Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case, about the fraud behind Sybil. I haven't read either so, I can't really comment, but if any one is looking for evidence it's there if it's anywhere.


message 9: by Fiona (last edited Feb 23, 2014 02:32PM) (new)

Fiona Rosella wrote: "Fiona wrote: "LOL!!

Actually, I'll add 'SAID to be fake' for Sybil - so far I've found multiple articles such as this one http://www.npr.org/2011/10/20/1415144......"


Thank you :) the article I linked to actually is based on that book. actually I think I should read it haha. The thing is, we don't know if that book is factual. The author presents it as factual, but anyone can write about something and present their take as absolute fact.

Having said that, I think it rings of truth.


message 10: by Richard (new)

Richard Please add She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb.


message 11: by Denise (new)

Denise Richard,

She's Come Undone" and "I Know This Much Is True" are both novels thus not appropriate for this list. You will find they are common to other lists about mental health.

If you want to add a book:
Note Anyone can add books to this list to the right of the top of this list. At the top of the list see the tab add books to this list. Click this and it will take you to your personal shelves to select books. Good luck!


message 12: by Betsy (last edited Mar 30, 2014 01:22PM) (new)

Betsy Moira wrote: "'Speak' is really not about mental illness. 'My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey' is about, you know, a stroke. 'Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent Into Drug Psychosis in Hong K..."

Loved My Stroke of Insight -although I agree with you it's not about Mental illnesses


message 13: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Betsy wrote: "Moira wrote: "'Speak' is really not about mental illness. 'My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey' is about, you know, a stroke. 'Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent Into Drug Psych..."

The author gives a TED talk about her experience, I can't find it, as it was a while ago that we watched it for a course I was doing - was amazing. I want to read her book just on the strength of that.


message 14: by Betsy (new)

Betsy Fiona wrote: "Betsy wrote: "Moira wrote: "'Speak' is really not about mental illness. 'My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey' is about, you know, a stroke. 'Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent I..."

I teach a middle School LD class, and I've used this to give my kids something to think about- overcoming adversity ect and just to let them see what perfectly ordinary things even the most intelligent of people have difficulty doing once a brain works differently. Yes, I hope you find the book. Mine has disappeared -whether heisted or through my own carelessness, I cant say...


message 15: by Richard (new)

Richard Denise wrote: "Richard,

She's Come Undone" and "I Know This Much Is True" are both novels thus not appropriate for this list. You will find they are common to other lists about mental health.

If you want to add..."


Thanks for pointing that out. I guess I misunderstood the list description. Request withdrawn.


message 16: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Betsy wrote: "Fiona wrote: "Betsy wrote: "Moira wrote: "'Speak' is really not about mental illness. 'My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey' is about, you know, a stroke. 'Eating Smoke: One M..."

I'm pretty sure we were shown the video in the context of learning about the 'Heroes' Journey' - which helped us to take the hurdles and challenges we face in our own journey in life, in most cases at that point, as a beginning uni student, and reframe them as a vital part of our story that, while difficult and discouraging, were overcomeable and in most cases, helped us to grow in ways that a smooth path never would have. :)


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